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Games Wizards Play
ISBN: 9780547418063
Author: Duane, Diane
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: February 2016
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Nita, Kit and all the other young wizards are planning and practicing for a planetwide wizardry competition--but spells can go awry, unexpected dangers await, and the wizards must discover what secrets lie within themselves.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Science Fiction - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2015007152
Lexile Measure: 890
Series: Young Wizards
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" L x 2.00" W
Bargain Category: Science Fiction, Middle School, High School, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
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Contributor Bio(s): Duane, Diane: - DIANE DUANE is the author of nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels, including ten books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers, including Spock's World. She lives with her husband in rural Ireland. Visit her online at www.DianeDuane.com and www.youngwizards.com.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Teen wizards Nita, Kit, and Dairine are asked to mentor contestants in the Invitational, a science fairlike spell competition for brilliant younger wizards, but Nita and Kit's mentee is an arrogant jerk. Though entertaining, the competition plot never builds much tension, making the sudden events at the climax seem like an unearned rabbit-from-a-hat; confusingly, Nita's prophetic visions apparently won't pay off until future volumes.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 December)

Gr 7 Up—In this 10th installment of the "Young Wizards" series (HMH), Kit, Nita, Dairine, and their wizard friends return for more interplanetary adventures. Every 11 years, Earth's wizards hold the Invitational, a prestigious competition in which young wizards compete to craft and execute the perfect spell. The three young protagonists are each invited to mentor a young wizard in the competition, and each ends up facing unique challenges. Among them, Nita has a complicated vision that could change everything, and through a series of events, the stakes quickly become much higher than winning a contest. The story is slow to develop and heavily hinges on knowledge obtained in previous installments. Everything comes together in the end, though, to create a well-thought-out climax, with a satisfying resolution. Recommend this series to young teens who devour books about magic and wizards. VERDICT This is a solid addition to the series; purchase where there are fans of the previous volumes or kids looking for "Harry Potter" read-alikes.—Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA

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